Thursday, September 13, 2012

Update: The Identity of the Anti-Muslim Film Creator

The supposed Israeli film maker going by the name Sam Bacile has been identified by U.S. authorities as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. And he is not Israeli. It looks as if he may be a Coptic Christian, which is the largest Christian religious group in Egypt. In an interview with the Associated Press, he admitted to managing the company that created the movie.

He now claims that Sam Bacile is a friend of his, but no records anywhere of Sam Bacile can be found, and his cell phone number traces back to Nakoula. According to HuffPo, "the AP located Bacile after obtaining his cell phone number from Morris Sadek, a conservative Coptic Christian in the U.S. who had promoted the anti-Muslim film in recent days on his website. Egypt's Christian Coptic population has long decried what they describe as a history of discrimination and occasional violence from the country's Arab majority.

Pastor Terry Jones of Gainesville, Fla., who burned Qurans on the ninth anniversary of 9/11, said he spoke with the movie's director on the phone Wednesday and prayed for him. He said he has not met the filmmaker in person, but the man contacted him a few weeks ago about promoting the movie."

Officials say they are investigating whether the Libyan attack was planned in advance, and not primarily a response to the anti-Musilim film, yet it seems clear that the violence in Egypt at the U.S. Embassy was in response to the film. And the crew that helped make the movie are appalled.

Raw Story reports that the cast and crew "allege that they had been duped by the filmmaker and were mislead about the true nature of the controversial film. 'The entire cast and crew are extremely upset and feel taken advantage of by the producer. 'We are 100% not behind this film and were grossly misled about its intent and purpose,' 80 cast and crew members said in a statement to CNN. 'We are shocked by the drastic re-writes of the script and lies that were told to all involved. We are deeply saddened by the tragedies that have occurred.'

'It was going to be a film based on how things were 2,000 years ago,' actor Cindy Lee Garcia told Gawker. 'It wasn’t based on anything to do with religion, it was just on how things were run in Egypt. There wasn’t anything about Muhammed or Muslims or anything.' "

Whether we're talking about Christian extremists, neo-con extremists, Zionist extremists, or Islamic extremists, the right-wing agenda and its inflammatory ignorance is the most destructive barrier to peace and sanity on the planet.

For more details about the film, and the escalating violence that is happening now at other U.S. embassies, please see this.


Blogger Father Tyme said...

"Sam Bacile"?

Anyone else not the wee bit 'o-funnin' in that name, possibly intentional?

Should have been :
Im Bacile!
(My bad. Mitt already uses that name!)

2:38 PM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

Yesterday I mistakenly wrote it as "Bastile", even though I had spelled it correctly elsewhere - I must have had Bastile Day on the brain!

Yes, Im (or Em) Bacile would be more appropriate! The guy has a number of aliases, and has apparently been charged with financial crimes in the past.

2:58 PM  

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